The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
First edition cover
|Author||Robert Lewis Taylor|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback) & AudioBook (Audio cassette)|
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Robert Lewis Taylor, which was later made into a short-running television series on ABC from September 1963 through March 1964, featuring Kurt Russell as Jaimie, Dan O'Herlihy as his father, "Doc" Sardius McPheeters, and Michael Witney and Charles Bronson as the wagon masters, Buck Coulter and Linc Murdock, respectively.
Taylor's realistic novel—despite the Tom-Sawyer-like protagonist and narrator, it is aimed at an adult audience and contains episodes that would have kept it off any school list at the time—was published in 1958 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year. In it, the young Jaimie (spelled with two "i"s) accompanies a wagon train headed from St. Louis, Missouri, to California after the 1849 Gold Rush.
The novel alternates between Jaimie describing his journey by wagon train with commentary by his father, a Scottish doctor with an effervescent personality whose judgment is often clouded by his weakness for gambling and strong drink.
- Doubleday & Company. 1st edition. 1958. ISBN 1-141-39958-X. (may also be: ISBN 0-385-04930-7.)
- Pocket. 1960. Paperback. ISBN 1-122-55331-5.
- Arbor House. 1985. Paperback. ISBN 0-87795-756-8.
- Main Street Books. Paperback reissue edition. 544 pages. December 1, 1992. ISBN 0-385-42222-9.
- Chivers Audio Books. Audio cassette. October 1993. ISBN 1-56054-867-3.
In nine episodes of the television series, four of The Osmonds were cast as the singing sons of the Kissel family on the wagon train.
- IMDB entry for Jaimie McPheeters television series
- Photos of the first edition of The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
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